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Best Office Supplies (Plus) San Francisco 2006 - Polk-a-Dot Stationers

Polk-a-Dot Stationers

Polk-a-Dot Stationers

1742 Polk St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

415-346-0660

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Polk-a-Dot stocks all the usual stationery-store suspects — pencils, paper clips, staples, and such — but it's the stuff between the glue sticks and the Wite-Out that makes you want to browse the afternoon away. Tiny wooden drawers are neatly stocked with glitter, ladybugs, pint-size printing blocks, and miniature Buddhas. Beautifully tactile Quo Vadis planners from England share display space with vintage postcards of Atlantic City and an eclectic assortment of handmade greeting cards. Crayons, coloring books, balloons, and kid-friendly gizmos take up an entire wall, and scattered here and there are folkloric Mexican icons, Japanese woodblock gift wrap, and buff and besparkled construction paper in every imaginable shade. Poking among these and myriad other treasures is like journeying back to the five-and-dimes of yore. The shop itself is a tiny, tidy hideaway with narrow aisles and plenty of character, and — if you must use them — postage scales, rulers, and reams of white copier paper.
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